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Boys' Basketball: Hot shooting leads Eagles past St. Paul Academy

Senior guard Chris Ketema drives to the basket in the second half against St. Paul Academy Monday. Ketema scored 30 points to lead the Eagles to a 76-42 victory. (Photo by John Molene)1 / 3
Kyle Kaemingk of the Eagles drives to the basket for two of his 19 points in New Life Academy's 76-42 win over St. Paul Academy Monday. (Photo by John Molene)2 / 3
Senior guard Adam Busch of the New Life Academy Eagles drives the baseline in the second half Monday. (Photo by John Molene)3 / 3

Senior forward Chris Ketema made it rain for 30 points – including five 3-point field goals in the first half of a 76-42 New Life Academy victory Monday over visiting St. Paul Academy.

Ketema was on fire in the first half, draining several rainbows from beyond the arc, and his teammates weren’t far off the pace. The Eagles made a whopping 13 3-point field goals in the 34-point triumph.

“My teammates do a good job of finding me when I’m open,” Ketema said. “And I just do my job and knock it down, especially in the first half. Usually, if I’m hot like that, I shoot more than usual and just hoping it goes in I guess, rhythm.”

It was the seventh straight win for the soaring Eagles and 12th in 13 outings so far this season.

The Eagles opened with a 12-0 run to start the game and never really let the visiting St. Paul Academy Spartans back to contention. St. Paul Academy fell to a record of 4-8.

New Life led 42-25 at the half, mostly on the strength of 23 first-half points by Ketema.

St. Paul Academy scored six of the first seven points of the second half to trim New Life’s lead to 43-31, but the Eagles went on a 13-1 run to put things away.

It was a strong offensive showing by the Eagles, and also an impressive defensive one. It was the fourth time in five games the Eagles have held an opponent to under 45 points.

Kyle Kaemingk scored 19 points for the Eagles and Adam Busch added eight.

“I think we played good team defense as a team,” Kaemingk said. “We held a pretty solid team to a limited amount of points. I think we played solid team defense overall.

“We can still improve a lot, and we want to get to the next level, but I guess we’re happy with where we are now,” Kaemingk added.

New Life Academy (12-1, 5-0) returns to conference play Tuesday, hosting St. Croix Prep (9-5, 3-2) in a game starting at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles have a busy week, hosting Marantha (5-7, 3-2) Friday, then traveling for a showdown game at sixth-ranked Heritage Christian (11-2, 5-0) on Jan. 31.